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  • Upcoming Concert

  • Duo Orfeo
    Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • 8:00 PM
    Asylum Hill Congregational Church
    814 Asylum Avenue
    Hartford, CT 06105
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    Playing a rare and eclectic repertoire on both classical and electric guitars, Jamie Balmer and Joseph Ricker as Duo Orfeo are emerging as one of the most distinctive voices in the classical music world.

    Duo Orfeo draws their repertoire largely from hidden and under-explored byways of western musical tradition both past and present—ranging from Renaissance lute and French Baroque harpsichord music to compositions by such modern masters as Arvo Pärt, Federico Mompou and Valentin Silvestrov—an ever-expanding body of music that includes many of their own arrangements of works written for other instruments as well as works written for the ensemble of guitar duo.

    They play this unique repertoire on classical guitars with an approach inspired by the tradition of Andres Segovia (which they learned from Phillip de Fremery, a guitarist and teacher who studied with Segovia and a true curator of his legacy) and also on vintage electric guitars through tube amplifiers, creating a new sound that is all their own by playing these instruments (normally associated with styles outside of classical music) with the finesse, clarity and focused touch of classical musicians.

    Deeply enamored with the sonority of their chosen instruments and relentlessly searching out the music most in harmony with their expressive sensibilities, Duo Orfeo brings to life a world of sound that is intimate, charming, subtle and haunting.

    Duo Orfeo enjoys a growing performing career and has recently been hosted on concert series at Washington College, Bates College, St. Vincent College, Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford, the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Boston, Newark's Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Boston’s Taylor House, and the Brookline Library Music Association Additionally, Duo Orfeo eagerly seeks out performance opportunities in jazz cafés, book shops, farmers’ markets, art galleries, union halls and other venues not traditionally associated with classical music performance, including the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn where, in 2011, they participated in the “Machines” project, a multi-media collaboration with kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson.

    Duo Orfeo has released three recordings to date.

    2012's I sing the body electric is their landmark first essay on electric guitars and features their arrangements of works by John Cage, Federico Mompou, Arvo Pärt, Erik Satie and Valentin Silvestrov. This album was produced by the recording artist, composer, and inventor of the archguitar, Peter Blanchette.

    2009's Duo Orfeo features music of Frédéric Chopin, Radames Gnatalli, Francesco Da Milano, Federico Mompou, and Eric Satie
    The Grace Sessions (2005) includes music of Bach, Brahms, Boccherini and Albéniz.

    Joe Ricker and Jamie Balmer formed Duo Orfeo in 2005, taking their name from Orpheus, the poet and musician of Greek myth.

  • 2017-2018 Concert Season

    Duo Orfeo <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, September 23, 2017</font>

    Playing a rare and eclectic repertoire on both classical and electric guitars, Jamie Balmer and Joseph Ricker as Duo Orfeo are emerging as one of the most distinctive voices in the classical music world. Duo Orfeo draws their [...]

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    Glenn Roth <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, October 14, 2017</font>

    Norwalk native, Glenn is a sensational fingerstyle guitarist, his compositions suggest moods and narratives that compel the listener to fill in the details. Glenn Roth is not your typical commuter from Connecticut. Instead of a [...]

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    Guitar Day! 2017 <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, October 14, 2017</font>

    An all-day guitar extravaganza featuring concerts and workshops by extraordinary guitarists:  special instruction by outstanding artist Glenn Roth, fingerstyle guitarist and arranger, luthiers Paul Neri and Nathan [...]

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    Xavier Jara - GFA Winner<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, November 4, 2017</font>

    Rising star Xavier Jara has won numerous awards including first place in the senior division of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition, as well as in the youth division of the Indiana International Guitar [...]

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    Randy Napoleon Trio <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, November 18, 2017</font>

    Fingerstyle jazz guitarist, has been described by George Benson as “sensational”. He has played on the Today and Tonight Shows, toured with Michael Bublé and Benny Green.  Randy Napoleon is a guitarist, [...]

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    Scott Sanchez <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Sunday, January 21, 2018</font>

    Opening the Windsor series is Colorado native Scott who is a Yale grad protege of Ben Verdery. his playing is “very engaging, virtuosic and spirited”  David Leisner.  Scott Sanchez's playing has been [...]

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    Francesco Barone <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Sunday, February 11, 2018</font>

    One of a new breed of classical guitarists from the Hartt School, “brings a strong sense of musical depth…and commentary concerning the music” —Richard Provost Award winning guitarist Francesco Barone has [...]

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    Nick Cutroneo <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Sunday, March 4, 2018</font>

    Final concert of the Windsor series, Nick is another up and coming classical guitarist out of the Hartt school, "An Intelligent And Communicative Player With Technical Ease And  Natural Musicality. A Real Delight To [...]

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    Jose Gonzalez & Criollo Clasico <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, April 7, 2018</font>

    Jose Gonzalez and Criollo Clasico The most eclectic Caribbean Musical ensemble touring today. Equally versatile in Latin, classical and jazz idioms. This musical family unit (father and sons) brings a unique and unmatched [...]

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    Guy Van Duser & Billy Novick <br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, April 28, 2018</font>

    “The 2 elegant gents of the swing music world” —Garrison Keillor, Prairie Home Companion “…you will be treated to a joyously entertaining and musically enchanting show that, indeed, has already stood[...]

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